Words by BGB Editorial
NEW YORK, New York: After the relative calm of Thursday which saw 21 players break par, the Winged Foot layout bit back with a vengeance on day two of the U.S. Open, with multiple casualties!
Of the early leaders only Patrick Reed emerged from the windswept cauldron relatively unscathed, the stocky American trading five birdies with five bogies to return level par, and gain a narrow one shot margin heading into the weekend.
“It’s almost like they set it up to ease our way into it, and then showed us what it’s supposed to really be like.”Patrick Reed
“It’s almost like they set it up to ease our way into it, and then showed us what it’s supposed to really be like,” Reed said.
Bryson DeChambeau was one of only a handful of players to break par, posting a 68 to move through the field and into outright second spot behind Reed.
“I would say that this today is a more enjoyable test after I’m done because it shows who executed the shots the best for sure,” said DeChambeau who finished on a high dropping an eagle at his closing hole – the par-five ninth.
A trio of Rafa Cabrera Bello (70), Harris English (70) and overnight leader Justin Thomas (73) lie a shot further back on minus two.
“Clearly the wind has picked up significantly,” said Cabrera Bello. ”That has made it really hard. I mean, this course, if you don’t find the fairways you’re playing—I don’t know, like the most difference that you can ever play.”
Jason Kokrak is the only other player under par.
The halfway cut fell at six-over, with many of the big names falling the wrong side of it.
Tiger Woods (+10), Phil Mickelson (+13), Collin Morikawa (+7), Justin Rose (+10) and Jordan Spieth (+14) all fell victim to Winged Foot.
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond failed to make it into the weekend. He carded a 77 to end the event on ten-over par.